Please join me in welcoming Allen Steadham to the blog today & let’s all wish him a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY for his new Superhero thriller, Mindfire!
Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories or drawing comics, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas.
GENRE: Superhero Thriller
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2019
“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
Leia Hamilton can move things and set them on fire with her mind.
Leia’s father and step-mother tried to hide their past: a time when they were part of a team of superheroes. But despite being disbanded for over twenty years following a series of tragedies, their problems were passed to their children and Leia finds that her future collides with their past.
In the diverse world of human and superhuman, heroes and villains, friends and enemies, some of Leia’s choices have terrible consequences. For Leia, this leads to a personal crossroads and a search for redemption.
Not your normal superhero novel, Mindfire isn’t about secret identities, costumes, or evil plots endangering the world. Instead, self-discovery and adaptation is at the forefront as the reader follows the lives of the characters who are unafraid to show love and explore spirituality.
Can redemption and renewed grace weather the flames of absolute power and superhuman strength?
Hi Allen! Welcome to the blog!
Allen: Summer. I was born in summer, it resonates with me.
Carrie: Must be why I love fall 🙂
Allen: Dogs. For their steadfast loyalty.
Allen: Coffee. I like tea but I love coffee!
Carrie: I know I’m the one that asks the questions but I like neither 😛
Allen: Music. I’m a musician and music is a part of me.
Carrie: I’m about the farthest thing from a musician that you’ll find but I love music too 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Allen: Confidence. It’s very different from arrogance, which comes from egotism. I was raised to believe in myself and my potential but also to be balanced and care about helping others.
Carrie: That balance is key!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Allen: Mississippi Nights by DM Webb, What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
Carrie: What the Wind Knows is on my TBR list!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Allen: I never really stop writing. I do take breaks on the weekends but stories are always in my head. If I start feeling restless or burned out on one novel, I switch to a different Work-in-Progress (WIP) and keep writing. My drink of choice for writing is coffee.
Carrie: “the stories are always in my head” – love that!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Allen: I do not outline the entire plot before I start writing. I create basic backstory for the main characters and plot. I try to come up with a beginning, middle and have some idea where it will end up. But I depend on inspiration from the Lord to fill in most everything else as I write.
Carrie: leaning into Him in everything is the ‘secret’ to life, isn’t it?
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in your book?
Allen: I hide all kinds of things in my stories. Some are in-jokes, some are pop culture references, some are nods to friends, family and acquaintances, some are philosophical and some are personal nods to experiences or aspects of my life or past.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Mindfire & why do you love it?
Allen: “Seeking revenge is like purposefully keeping your own wound open until you inflict it on someone else, making you as bad as the person who hurt you.”
I love this quote because it’s true and has special meaning to me. Before the Lord saved me, I was a vengeful person. I held terrible grudges for years at a time. I did and said things I’m not proud of. And when Jesus sent His Holy Spirit into my heart, he changed me and took that vengeful nature away from me. I can now look back on those times from a new, better perspective. And if I can share just what’s in the above quote, and it helps someone, then it will have been worth what I suffered as a sinner.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Allen: Next will be Jordan’s World, a Christian science-fantasy which will be published by Ambassador International this summer. It is the first of a trilogy and I’m very excited about it.
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